Directed by Mariano Cohn and Gastón Duprat
Probably the most delightful and certainly the most danceable film at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, Living Stars is a wildly entertaining presentation of real people dancing to familiar pop songs. Set in their home and workplace environs, each vignette allows the viewer to build a backstory for the dancers without them ever saying a word.
The success of Buenos Aires directors Cohn and Duprat lies in making such a simple conceit lush with the chaos and detail inherent in regular life. John DeFore in The Hollywood Reporter observes: “Mise-en-scene adds immeasurably to these encounters. Not only are we seeing people in private places with sometimes strange assortments of possessions placed just so — like the audience of stuffed animals watching one performance, or the sculpture in a corner of a pharaoh making out with his queen. We’re also treated to deliberately nonchalant bystanders: bored brothers and sisters text on the couch while teenagers preen; Mom dyes Grandma’s hair in the kitchen while an elementary school kid in a tutu incorporates a toddler into her routine… Dogs with excellent senses of comic timing make crowd-pleasing appearances.
”The result is a euphoric portrait of the city and its fabulous inhabitants. From a bedazzled housewife to a middle-aged dentist dancing to Lionel Richie’s All Night Long, the film is riotously fun.
Directors: Mariano Cohn, Gastón Duprat
Screenwriter: Andrés Duprat
Editors: Jerónimo Carranza, Klaus Borges Vaz, Martin Briano
Music: Maxi Trusso
Running Time: 63 minutes